HoopsHIGH is an after-school program led by Free Spirit Media in which students develop skills in sports broadcasting.

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The program runs year-round, and participants gain in-depth media production skills. HoopsHIGH is divided into two amazing crews. The HoopsHIGH apprentice crew (frosh-soph) develops media fundamentals such as media literacy, basic camera and audio operations, and the ability to produce public service announcements. The HoopsHIGH advanced crew (varsity) travels to different high schools to produce full broadcast coverage of different sporting events. These participants do it all — operate cameras, announce the play-by-play, conduct sideline interviews, direct shots, and set-up and strike the equipment.

HoopsHIGH is the flagship program of Free Spirit Media, and has produced over 400 episodes since 2000. Through a partnership between Free Spirit Media and After School Matters, HoopsHIGH students progress from the introductory apprenticeship program to the advanced apprenticeship program. The HoopsHIGH show is telecast weekly on CAN TV Channel 19 in Chicago on Saturdays at 8 p.m. A diverse and enthusiastic audience of about 50,000 tunes in weekly to check out the exciting sports action and FSM student-produced PSAs, documentaries, narrative shorts, and journalistic work. In 2013, HoopsHIGH added live and archived video streaming through our partnership with High School Cube. HoopsHIGH has won three prestigious National Alliance for Community Media HOMETOWN Video Awards.

To learn more about Free Spirit Media, visit www.freespiritmedia.org.